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A Study of Measurement of Mentoring Activities Using Text Mining Technology

Authors : Kaori Namba, Toshiyuki Sanuki, Tetsuo Fukuzaki, Kazuhiko Terashima

Published in: Towards a Collaborative Society Through Creative Learning

Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland

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Abstract

P-TECH is a pioneering education reform initiative to prepare young people with the academic, technical, and professional skills required for 21st-century jobs and ongoing education. Mentoring is one of the key activities of P-TECH for students to think about their pathways and build engineering attitudes. After each mentoring session, we take surveys to evaluate how the sessions affected the students and we achieved our objectives. In addition to conventional method, we executed systematic analysis of the responses to the open-ended questions using text mining technology. The subjects of this paper were 30 high school sophomores in 2019. We mentored them eight times in 2019 and 2020 and took surveys after each session. We gathered 1784 documents in total as the responses to open-ended questions and analyzed them with a text mining tool. The tool showed the top three frequent nouns were synonyms for “myself”, and the top three correlated nouns of “myself” were “future”, “thought”, and “way”. This indicates many students considered their pathways during the mentoring sessions and discussed them in their surveys. The tool also showed that the top correlated noun/verb phrases were “build… Plan”, “obtain… Advice”, and “have… Interest”. This indicates that students correctly received the messages intended by the mentoring. Our results showed that the mentoring activities helped students consider their future. Text mining was a useful technique to analyze answers to open-ended survey questions.

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Metadata
Title
A Study of Measurement of Mentoring Activities Using Text Mining Technology
Authors
Kaori Namba
Toshiyuki Sanuki
Tetsuo Fukuzaki
Kazuhiko Terashima
Copyright Year
2023
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-43393-1_2

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